Fund2Elect Tipperary's 1st Green TD

3 700 € of 3 600 € goal

Raised by 75 people in 16 months
Gearóid Fitzgibbon  0000
Hello.
I have accepted an invitation by Tipperary Greens to stand in the upcoming general election. We are seeking support from friends and supporters to finance the campaign. 
(As an ordinary citizen, I have no funding to run the campaign, apart from what I can raise myself. The Green Party is not funded from the public purse. Contributions must be personal, not corporate.)
WHY WOULD I WANT TO DO THIS?!
Over the past number of years I've been working as a community worker in Tipperary. Through this I've become aware of the potential of the "energy transition" to transform Ireland's economy.
Ireland spends €6 billion per year on imported energy.
The average small Irish community of 1000 people spends €1 million per year - just on home energy. Cutting this waste, investing in energy efficiency and switching to energy produced in Ireland will create jobs and farm diversification opportunities, especially in parts of Ireland outside the cities, as well as helping meet our climate change targets.

I want to use the upcoming election to campaign on this and other issues - more information is available on the campaign blog: www.gfitzgibbon.wordpress.com

BUT
- aren't T.D.s overpaid?
Yes. If elected, I will give 35% of the TD's €87,358 salary to the Citizens Information Service, largely underfunded and underpaid. We should stop wasting taxpayers money paying for the local constituency offices - where information is traded for votes.

BUT
- don't TDs ignore the electorate after getting elected?
Yes. If elected we will create a local recall mechanism, to make your green politician answerable to you. I'm also endorsing the Reinstate 48 campaign www.reinstate48.ie

BUT
- the Greens? Greens are an internationalist party, promoting policies based on science and the bigger picture. LIke many others I was disappointed by and critical of  what happened during the last government.  The Banking Inquiry has shown that solutions were not as simple as populist parties might be suggesting.  Greens in Ireland are rebuilding  from the grassroots. With the challenges of climate change and resource depletion, there has never been a greater need to promote the opportunities offered by the green economy.

HOW WILL I SPEND YOUR MONEY?
To do this I want to raise €3600. This money will be used as follows:
150 - Phone/communications
200 - Room Rental (for meetings)
350 - Printing/Photocopying
150 - Online advertising
500 - Flyers/Leaflets (5K)
1000 - Letters to electors
1250 - Posters 150 @ 7 euro each

All contributions are accepted. Thanks for reading this anyway. If you can't contribute, but woudl like to help out in other ways, please get in touch through the blog, email, facebook, or call me on 085-7409023.

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Update 6
Posted by Gearóid Fitzgibbon
14 months ago
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75 of you, family, colleagues and others who I didn't know before, donated €3700 in just over a month. Thanks for your belief and support - this allowed 1341 citizens of Tipperary put a No.1 on the ballot paper beside myself and Tipperary Greens and another 10000 votes to give us a No.2 or high preference. You have doubled the Green vote as a percentage of votes cast from 0.8% to 1.7%
It was a good showing with a short run in and a small but dedicated team. Nationally there are 2 Green TD’s now in the our parliament. I would like to see us go on from here and build a network of rural green supporters and activists - who will organise to positively influence policy locally and nationally.
Anyone interested in this, do get in touch.
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Update 5
Posted by Gearóid Fitzgibbon
14 months ago
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Great launch event for the campaign last night in Tipperary Excel Centre - all made possible with your support and contributions - I outlined the key campaign themes of local energy and moving away from the politics of strokes and favours. Please contact us on TipperaryGreen@gmail.com (no "s") if you have any constructive suggestions on how we can do that over the final two weeks, including inviting us to speak in your own community. You can also keep up to date on www.facebook.com/tipperarygreens I'll also be uploading some video clips onto our youtube account https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoD6sRsYgzM
Campaign Launch at in Tipperary Town
Signed Tipp Jersey
Gearóid, Eamon Ryan & Fitzgibbon family
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Update 4
Posted by Gearóid Fitzgibbon
14 months ago
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The campaign launch is in Tipperary Town on tomorrow Thursday evening at the Excel Centre in Tipperary Town with special guest speaker Eamon Ryan, Green leader. https://www.facebook.com/events/1073440526041760/
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Update 3
Posted by Gearóid Fitzgibbon
15 months ago
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With your support so far we have been able to get our campaign on the road. The main expenses so far have been the posters (cost E828); the letters to the electors (cost E1103.28) and the flyers (cost E300).
The campaign formal launch will be on February 11th in Tipperary Town, with you will be very welcome to attend. More info to follow. Our latest campaign donor is Sean O'Farrell of www.CloncannonBiofarm.com Sean donated a trailer load of timber. Many thanks Sean!
Sean O'Farrell presenting Gearoid with the trailer load of firewood towards the campaign costs - LOCAL ENERGY ALL THE WAY!!
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Ellen Dillon
14 months ago

So proud of you, well done! Time to build on these green shoots for real change next time out ♥

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Nuala Fitzgibbon
14 months ago

Good videos best of luck, Great Song

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3 700 € of 3 600 € goal

Raised by 75 people in 16 months
Created December 28, 2015
Gearóid Fitzgibbon  
MR
50 €
mike ryan
14 months ago
NO
50 €
Nicola O'Brien
14 months ago
80 €
Anonymous
14 months ago
MK
50 €
Marcella Maher Keogh
14 months ago

Best of luck Gearoid - keep up the good work

30 €
Anonymous
14 months ago
MK
10 €
Martin Keogh
14 months ago

Best of luck gearoid uyou have Marcella and I giving you number 1

MC
15 €
Michael Collins
14 months ago

Good luck Gearoid

TM
20 €
Timothy O Meara
14 months ago

Hi Gearoid, here is my small contribution, email me of you need any help

EB
20 €
Emily Banaghan
14 months ago

Best of Luck Gearoid

VK
10 €
Valerie Kennedy
14 months ago

Lets bring some integrity back to politics

Ellen Dillon
14 months ago

So proud of you, well done! Time to build on these green shoots for real change next time out ♥

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Nuala Fitzgibbon
14 months ago

Good videos best of luck, Great Song

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